(Natural News) People are becoming increasingly dependent on caffeinated energy drinks to get the boost they need to get through the day. Unfortunately, these energy drinks are associated with many adverse side effects that young people are especially vulnerable to. In a recent study by Canadian researchers from the University of Waterloo, they found that more than half of young people aged 12 to 24 years old have experienced at least one side effect of drinking energy drinks.
Energy drinks contain different stimulants which include caffeine, sugars, vitamins, amino acids, and herbal supplements. Among these ingredients, many people are most concerned about the harmful effects of caffeine. These include anxiety, headaches, insomnia, vomiting, stomachache, hallucinations, seizures, irregular heartbeat, and even death. Over the years, countless studies have looked at the effects of drinking energy drinks on young people but many of these are confined to the short-term effects of the beverage.
In this study, which was published in CMAJ Open, the researchers conducted a web-based survey involving individuals between the ages of 12 to 24 years old. This survey contained questions regarding energy drink consumption and the incidence of side effects, which include headaches, shaking, difficulty sleeping, fast heartbeat, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, decreased sexual performance, or dental pain. Additionally, the participants were asked if they ever needed medical attention due to these side effects. To serve as a reference for the harmful effects of energy drinks, the researchers also evaluated the harmful effects of coffee.